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Pader taskforce approves UGX 958M budget for Covid-19 fight

A health worker carries out a Covid-19 test.

Pader, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Pader district Covid-19 taskforce has approved the district COVID-19 Response Plan and budget worth Shillings 958M to support the fight against the pandemic. Both the plan and budget were approved in the weekly district COVID-19 taskforce meeting chaired by the Resident District Commissioner, Okee Ducman.

According to Okee, they need the money to support their fight against the pandemic which needs adequate funding because of the surge in infections. Anna Apio, the acting Pader District Health Officer says the social & mobilization committees of the taskforce came up with the response plan.

She says the funding is needed to implement COVID-19 control measures for six months running from July to December 2021. She says the budget covers the costs for coordination and leadership, case management, infection control and prevention, surveillance and contact tracing, mental health plus psychosocial support as well as risk communication and social mobilization.

The LC V chairperson, Col. Obwoya Fearless Oyat commended the sub-committees for doing a commendable job and called upon residents, partners and well-wishers to support the taskforce with the little resources available. The Pader Deputy Chief Administrative Officer James Okumu Bedijo pledged to ensure total transparency and accountability for the resources mobilized by the taskforce.

The woman MP Aciro Paska Menya was among the first contributors when she provided essentials materials worth Shillings 5m to the taskforce. She delivered a consignment of 2,000liters of liquid soap, 100kgs of maize flour, 50kgs of beans and one box of soap. Pader district has cumulatively registered 115 COVID-19 positive cases and four deaths. Most of the cases are under home-based care.

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